Hyundai Motor targets the Chinese eco-friendly vhicle market with its new China-only eco-friendly Sonata LF midsize sedan which is to be locally produced for the first time.
Starting with the Chinese model of new Sonata Hybrid, the company plans to expand its environmentally friendly car lineups, including plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle, in the Chinese market in the future. It will also strengthen its corporate brand image of eco-friendliness and new technology by making the best use of the Chinese government’s subsidies for green cars and benefits of its fuel efficiency regulations.
Based on the new Sonata Hybrid, a representative eco-friendly car in Korea, Hyundai Motor released the new Sonata Hybrid strategic model for China, which has the best competitiveness in its class, by applying China-only design and raising the ground clearance by 1 centimeter from that sold in Korea. Just like the domestic model, it is appointed with Hyundai's proprietary parallel hard-type hybrid system. The Chinese market-only Sonata Hybrid is also equipped with a 2.0-liter Nu GDi hybrid engine and a 38-kilowatt hard-type electric motor, securing the strong drive efficiency and economic feasibility.
The Chinese government earlier selected eco-friendly cars as one of the top ten industrial sectors for special support in order to become a manufacture strong power through the advancement of industrial structure in the "Chinese Manufacturing 2025 Strategy" published last year. In a bid to reduce air pollution and achieve the qualitative growth in the auto industry, it is also expected to strengthen fuel efficiency regulations in the future. In particular, it will implement a four-stage plan to raise the fuel economy of all vehicles on its roads up to 20 kilometers per liter by 2020.